How To Earn Money From Your Underused Camera Gear

Fat Lama
24th May 2017

For all of the benefits of going freelance as a photographer, there are - as with any creative endeavour - plenty of pitfalls to beset the majority. As previously discussed on this blog, finding a niche, managing workflow and building an impressive portfolio takes effort, time and money and won’t always reap instant results. Many will begin by juggling multiple jobs, which allows precious little time to navigate a new market and get established within the industry. 

Your Gear Could Be Paying Your Rent

As a result, many UK photographers are quicking taking advantage of new opportunities in the sharing economy. Fat Lama is a rental marketplace for belongings which is proving increasingly popular with photographers with gear that they don’t use every day. The platform, which launched late last year, fully insures users to lend out their gear to others nearby. Take a look at the camera equipment available to rent from fellow photographers in London.

We spoke to two photographers who are making enough money through camera equipment hire to enable them to focus more on what they love.

Darren's Story

One of Fat Lama’s earlier adopters is Darren, an ex-Googler whose income from lending out photography gear allows him to concentrate on what he’s passionate about: nature photography. Amongst his most popular rental items are his two mirrorless Sony cameras, his Zhiyun Tech 3 Axis Gimbal Crane and a range of lenses. 

Darren says: “After leaving a full-time job contracted to Google I’m now pursuing a passion freelancing as a Wildlife Photographer, using much of the equipment that I rent on Fat Lama, as well as building an app platform that aims to redistribute wealth using collaborative consumption and labour.

“Using Fat Lama has been a great help so far in allowing me an extra income to help me concentrate more on work that I enjoy. I would definitely recommend to freelancers as the tools of your trade can earn you money whilst you are not using them. It can also be a great opportunity to take on jobs that you might not normally be able to due to insufficient equipment by renting from others.”

Tom’s Story

Tom Bryan is a filmmaker and YouTuber who’s now paying his studio rent by lending his gear on Fat Lama. Amongst his most popular items are his Sony A7S, Canon lenses, stabilisers, mics and lights.

Tom says: “I earn enough lending my gear each month to cover the rent of my shared office space. It's nice to know I can cover that expense. Right now, as I focus on my own projects, I am earning less from corporate work, so the extra income from kit hire is helping me sustain a lifestyle where I can spend more time on my own projects - which is where my heart lies.”

Check out Tom in action below:

Fat Lama is the peer-to-peer rental marketplace for your underused stuff. Whether it’s photography gear, a musical instrument, a drone or a road bike, you can now start renting it out locally for cash. The platform also provides cheap, on-demand access to a range of niche equipment, whenever and whatever the brief.